From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The General Secretary, National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers (NUTGTWN) , Comrade Issa Obalowu Aremu has said holding security chiefs in the country responsible for the insecurity is the only way to curb the menace.
He observed that any security chief that failed to ensure the protection of lives and property at his jurisdiction should be sacked while those that performed excellently should be promoted.
Speaking in Kaduna on yesterday as the guest speaker pre May Day lecture Aremu noted that the insecurity challenges confronting the country has become so unbearable that the lives and property of Nigerians are no longer save.
,“The crisis rocking most parts of the country is purely a war between the poor. It is only the poor that are being killed and their property destroyed.
“The unity of Nigerian workers is inevitable in order to enshrine sanity into the system by ensuring social justice and fairness to all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and region but a collective fight for the overall interest of all.”
Comrade Aremu encouraged Nigerian workers to unite to bring an end to the crisis rocking northern Nigeria, stressing that all hands must be on deck to fight a common front towards resolving issues beyond religion, tribe and ensure the unity and progress of the country.
“Workers should learn to vote for their fellow workers that are seeking elective positions and politicians that have unquestionable characters in order to restore the country’s past glory where things worked for the general good of the people.
“Leaders should be voted base on what they can do for the people not where they come from. Our past leaders like Tafawa Barewa, a teacher and was elected and Ahmadu Bello, the Sarduna of Sokoto was an administrator, a civil servant was also elected into sensitive positions to lead the affairs of the country and the performed excellently.”
On the continued crisis in Kaduna, he said, “It is unacceptable for a state like Kaduna to be known with all manners of violence for years without any breakthrough. The workforce should ensure the situation is brought under control, there should be unity of purpose beyond religion and tribe to be able to forge ahead to ensure permanent peace in the state.”
Aremu, a member of the executive council of the National Labour Congress, NLC, said Nigerian workers must unite to save themselves from the deteriorating situation in the country.
He added that labour should pick issues of national interest and engage government and ensure those issues are decisively addressed for the general good of the people.
Speaking further on the security, he said the number of the Police personnel is grossly inadequate to millions of Nigerians, pointing out that countries with less population have more police personnel than Nigeria.
“Nigeria needs more police personnel that are properly equipped to be able to stand any criminal activities in the land. Allowances of security personnel should be a priority to be able to prepare them for the great task ahead,” he noted.
Comrade Aremu said most youths are left with nothing to do but end up being led into evil way of life thinking they are doing themselves any good.
A Labour activist, Alhaji Suleiman Damzaki said the transport sector has been left with government paying little or no attention, adding that there is no epidemic that consume people’s lives like the transport sector.
Earlier, the state NLC chairman, Comrade Suleiman Ayuba prayed for the unity of Nigerian workers as the only way to fight against evil forces working against the unity, peace and development of the country.